Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan clinch Triton Showers National Rally Championship crown

Declan and Brian Boyle won the McCormack Opel/Sligo Park Hotel Rally ' but Donagh Kelly and co-driver Kevin Flanagan won the series
Declan and Brian Boyle won the McCormack Opel/Sligo Park Hotel Rally ' but Donagh Kelly and co-driver Kevin Flanagan won the series

Donagh Kelly and his co-driver Kevin Flanagan in their Ford Focus WRC have clinched the Triton Showers National Rally Championship courtesy of second place on the McCormack Opel/Sligo Park Hotel Rally, round six of the eight round series.

Outgoing champion Declan Boyle and his co-driver Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) won the event, 30.6 seconds ahead of new champions who were presented with the Vard Memorial Trophy at the finish ramp in Sligo.

It is the first time since the inception of the championship that two drivers from the same county have won the national title.

Mick O’Connell and Ger Buckley were the respective winners in 1978 and 1979.

Former champion Niall Maguire and his co-driver Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) were some two minutes further behind in third.

Meanwhile, Andrew Watson recorded his third top-nine race finish of the season in round five of the British GT Championship,

The 20-year-old from Donaghmore, and Von Ryan Racing co-driver Ross Wylie, claimed an impressive eighth place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Watson was racing around the dauntingly fast 4.352-mile Spa track for the very first time and had clocked up less than 35 miles in practice and qualifying behind the wheel of the VRR McLaren 650S GT3 before the race.

The combined efforts of Watson and Wylie, the latter racing at Spa for only the second time, netted a seventh row start on the 34-car grid.

Wylie started the two-hour race and handed over the McLaren to Watson under Safety Car conditions placed eighth with just over an hour to run.

An excellent pit-stop by the team saw Watson resume sixth and with 15 minutes remaining looked set to better the duos best place finish of seventh achieved in the previous round at Silverstone.

But a technical issue in the last quarter of the race resulted in Watson cruelly losing two places in the closing stages.

The next race is staged at Brands Hatch on August 2.

The fifth round of the 2015 McGrady Insurance ANICC Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland, took place at Bishopscourt, running alongside a sprint and the lay-outs were flowing, with some challenging corners, all giving the 14-17-year-olds much needed practice on sweeping and fast bends, victory going to Josh McErlean by a mere second.